Weekly Conservation Officer's report

District 5 - Eveleth area

Last updated: 2017-08-14

CO Darrin Kittelson (Int?l Falls) reports annual in-service training was attended at Camp Ripley. Fishing and boating safety enforcement continue to be a majority of the workload, however bear baiting has started. Enforcement action for the week included illegal transport/possession of fish from Ontario, Canada and assisting Voyageurs National Park with a fish over limit case.

CO John Slatinski (International Falls #2) reports time was spent monitoring for AIS compliance and ATV activity. Bear baiting recently started and several people were noted getting set up. Division training at Camp Ripley was also attended.

CO Colleen Adam (Ray) worked checking anglers, bear baiting activity, and following up on public waters violations. Enforcement contacts made for no fishing licenses, no ATV registration, and youth passengers without proper helmets.

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports limited activity on area lakes as the summer draws to a close. Fishing reports remain poor. Boating activity has diminished. Forest roads and public access sites continue to be monitored.

CO John Velsvaag (Cook) checked anglers and boaters this past week. CO Velsvaag also attended annual training and followed up on several complaints and nuisance animal questions.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) primarily worked angling and boating activity. A complaint of a fuel leak into a lake was investigated.

CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) was called to a home where the homeowner stated she heard two loud shots by the road and the next day saw a crow hanging dead from a tree behind her home so concluded someone shot over her house. Officer Fredin spoke to the neighbor across the road who stated he blasted a hornet?s nest out of a tree, the dead crow was just coincidental. CO Fredin worked boating enforcement on Lake Vermillion and was surprised to see a group of boats heading down the lake towards him and one had a headlight. Looking through binoculars revealed a snowmobiler water-skipping down the lake. He was directed to the nearest safe landing. He stated this was on his bucket list and his goal was to skip the entire lake. This activity was very dangerous to himself and others; enforcement action was taken.